Our approach to social science research is collaborative, adaptive, and flexible. We have a national reputation for our use of participatory methods that involve program stakeholders in all facets of a research study. Our research process features:
Reviewing the Literature: Since a well-designed research study emanates from and builds upon prior knowledge, we conduct a thorough review and synthesis of related research literature.
Designing the Study: We determine the most appropriate research design from our expert toolbox:
- Action research
- Case study
Shaping the Sampling Design: When it’s not possible to collect data for all participants, we collaborate with our clients to develop a plan for obtaining a representative and adequate sample.
Administering Data Collection Tools: We are experts in collecting both primary and secondary data and in using qualitative and quantitative strategies. For example, we often use focus groups, interviews, surveys, standardized or published assessments, and administrative datasets.
Analyzing Data: We analyze, triangulate, and synthesize data from different sources to verify the study results.
Reporting and Sharing Results. We create user-friendly and easy-to-understand written summaries or reports of findings that call attention to essential results, lessons learned, and possible next steps. We also conduct interactive activities such as data walks or community conversations to engage stakeholders in using research findings.
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For additional information about Metis’s research services, please contact Michael Scuello.
Research Studies Case Studies
In ground-breaking research, Metis helps the nation’s largest school system test the relationships between access to high-quality arts experiences and school attendance.
Metis studied the effectiveness of a national model that calls for the co-location of support services for high-risk, first-generation college students. Implemented by the Community College of Philadelphia, the study yielded consistent findings of higher grades, credit accumulation, and overall college persistence.